I love a good market when traveling abroad, a seller with mounds of bread and cheeses or huge heaps of spices. I love wandering the stalls, picking up small treasures to bring home like cinnamon from Morocco or a small snack like baclava from London’s Borough Market but in all the amazing food markets I’ve seen over the years traveling, Barcelona’s La Boquueria Market has one up on the rest. Filled with meats, colorful vegetables, spices, fresh squeezed juices and more Iberico ham than I think I could eat in a year, La Boqueria is truly filled to the brim with treasures.
We spent a good hour just wandering through, grabbing lunch at a cafe near by, then wandering the market some more. We sampled strawberries dipped in chocolate, Iberico ham, and bought the coolest reusable bag to bring home. We smelled the spices being sold, took more pictures than we needed to and dreamed of having an apartment to bring all the meats, cheese and treats home with us. And while this market is off of the famous La Ramba (read: perhaps the most touristy spot in all of Barcelona and home to many of Barcelona’s famed pickpockets), La Boqueria Market can’t be further from the scene of La Rambla. Here locals and visitors alike marvel at the relics of the market, embracing that morning chore of “grocery shopping” from the freshest of the fresh of Barcelona’s food supply. So do yourself a favor while in Barcelona and don’t miss sampling the treats on offer at La Boqueria.
All photos by Nick Nieto Photography